The second monument in honor of the revolutionary, Lafayette, stands in the middle of the square, enclosed inside of a fenced off, grass circle. Visitors cannot get as close to this monument as they can to his other statue, which they can climb on and touch. Unlike, the first monument, this was put in place in in the 1900s, 1924 exactly. This statue stays in line with the Washington Monument, which is visible directly behind the statue in this photograph. The enclosed nature of the statue as well as the placement in the square and in accordance to the Washington Monument gives this statue a more centric, important and historic feel.
This statue, situated at the corner of the park, farthest from the White House and National Mall, depicts an image of Marquis de Lafayette, a key actor in both the American Revolutionary War as well as the French revolution of 1789. The respected revolutionary’s honorary statue was created in 1891. This was the first of two statues that would be created in his honor in Lafayette Square. This statue sits at the corner of the square, serving as somewhat of an entry mark to the park. It seemed the most natural way of walking in or out of the square involved passing by the large monument. The sculpture is also very hard to miss from the street in front of it. In passing, the first thing the eye is drawn to is the statue. This, matched with the powerful, stance of conquest that the statue of Lafayette displays, marks the square as seemingly more important or honorary than any other park or square.